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From: Tim Heider, Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, 503-742-5911 09/24/14

Clackamas County

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Clackamas County Public Health receives national accreditation

Clackamas County Public Health, a division of the Department of Health, Housing and Human Services, has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a rigorous peer-review assessment to ensure that local public health providers meet or exceed a specific set of quality standards and measures.

The goal of the program is to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of tribal, state, local and territorial public health departments across the U.S.

Clackamas County is only the fourth county in Oregon to be nationally accredited and one of only 54 accredited county public health departments in the U.S.

“We are pleased and excited to be among the first health departments in the state to achieve national standards that foster effectiveness and promote continuous quality improvement,” said Dana Lord, Public Health Director. “The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are responsive and accountable to the needs of our communities.”

“Whenever you see our seal of accreditation, you will know that Clackamas Public Health has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health,” Lord said. “By continuing to improve our services and performance, we can be sure we are meeting the public health needs of those we serve as effectively as possible.”

Public health plays a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities by providing a range of services aimed at promoting healthy behaviors; preventing diseases and injuries; ensuring access to safe food, water, clean air, and life-saving immunizations; and preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.

“Clackamas is one of the first of many health departments that we look forward to being able to recognize as a high-performing public health department,” said Kaye Bender, president and CEO of the accreditation organization.

“The peer-review process provides valuable feedback to inform health departments of their strengths and areas for improvement, so that they can better protect and promote the health of the people they serve in their communities,” she said.

For more information please contact Tim Heider at theider@co.clackamas.or.us or 503-742-5911.

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